Even an automated system, requires a sys admin and people to write it in the first place, and ongoing verifications that system is still secure.
Handling the issue of people moving, is deposit refunded, or just non-refundableSo you are saying users should pay the deposit, (of whatever value as per the rest of the thread), direct to Openreach, and once the user takes FTTC Openreach refund it directly to them?
That requires a few thousand quid of systems investment and some full-time staff to run it. Eating considerably into the cash.There is also the un-asked so far question, though it has been hinted at, as to how long depositors may have to wait for enablement, and seeing as a trigger number has to be reached that could be a very long time, never mind the period from the trigger being reached to the go-live.
Would interest be paid on the deposit? It could be a couple of years or so with no news whatsoever about what is going on.
On should the systems regularly inform depositors of the position re both the exchange and their particular cabinet? A few more thousand quid development cost.
BT have already done something similr in the past with regard to trigger levels. Certainly have a trigger level for an exchange or cabinet would increase demand and would encourage local campaigns to get more people to take part. Possibly the scheme runs for say a maximum of 18 months. If the trigger level is not reached the deposit is refunded. To keep costs low I would suggest that the money is just deducted from the next BT bill. I would suggest that no interest is paid. Current rates are tiny in any case and on something like £30 to £100 would be pretty insignificant